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family therapy

noun
1.
the psychotherapeutic treatment of more than one member of a family simultaneously at the same session, based on the assumption that problems can best be understood and corrected by observing the interaction of family members and identifying methods for improving their interrelationships.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
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Examples from the web for family therapy
  • Individual cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy have all been successful.
  • family therapy may be helpful if family conflict is contributing to the depression.
  • Other types of psychotherapy, such as family therapy and supportive therapy, may also be effective.
British Dictionary definitions for family therapy

family therapy

noun
1.
a form of psychotherapy in which the members of a family participate, with the aim of improving communications between them and the ways in which they relate to each other
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Contemporary definitions for family therapy
noun

a type of psychotherapy that involves the family as a whole in sessions or treatments

Examples

Family therapy can improve family relationships and processes, helping members to understand and modify home influences that contribute to mental disorder in one or more family members, and improve communication.

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family therapy in Medicine

family therapy n.
A form of psychotherapy in which the interrelationships of family members are examined in group sessions in order to identify and alleviate problems of one or more family members.

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